Ian Murray, Executive Director to the President Communications | Government Relations Acadia University

Specializing in public involvement and stakeholder relationship management, Ian Murray is a communications management professional with more than 30 years' experience in the international humanitarian not-for-profit and higher education sectors.

Ian is a proud Acadia University alumnus, spouse, and parent and currently holds the position of executive director to the President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia, focusing on university communications, government relations, and strategic initiatives.

Ian has developed professional proficiency in strategic planning in marketing, communications, public relations, public affairs, and events execution. He enjoys long-term planning and goal setting while expanding knowledge and passing it on to others. Ian quickly identifies illogical and inefficient procedures and policies and is keen to develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Ian is highly collaborative and biased to achieve consensus.

Joanne Hughes, Executive Director Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada

Joanne Hughes is an innovative leader of non-profit organizations and as the Executive Director for Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada, provides expertise in organizational development, project implementation, revenue diversification and stakeholder partnerships.

In 2015 and 2016, Hughes was the Festival Producer for Ottawa Capital Pride, where she established the new organization's administrative office, received municipal and provincial grants, and offered 15 signature events.

She managed the operational requirements of an international secretariat, The Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management, and in this position liaised between foreign national ministries, the private sector, civil service organizations and donor agencies at senior levels in the planning and implementation of conferences and projects on public administration across the Commonwealth. This included the management of two biennial conferences in New Delhi and Malta, which included the Commonwealth Secretariat Minister's Forum.

Joanne is the founder of two cultural festivals; Fernfest which was created in 1995, and the Ottawa Lumière Festival, started in 2004, which was voted one of the summers best festivals by the National Post in 2009.

Joanne served as a Director on the Association of Emerging Leaders' Dialogues. She is currently an Advisory Committee Member for The Gender Summit 18: Africa - Agriculture through the Gender Lens: Confronting Challenges and Advancing New Research.